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The F Word: More Than Reform For Subprime Hurt

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Laura Flanders

As the Senate debates financial reform, millions of underpaid Americans have lost their homes, their nest eggs, and many of them, their incomes.

The F Word: Hard At Work Figuring Out Imbalance

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

For a little balance on the deal reached between New York City's residential building owners and their hard working janitors and doormen -- It's not a...

The F Word: McChrystal, Afghanistan Policy, And...

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

To heck with the war. It's becoming a story about egos. Or more precisely, as one commentator put it recently, "By focusing on McChrystal's supposed ...

The F Word: Drone Attacks to Stimulate Economy?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

What's worse: backstabbing a president or bombing lots of civilians? The answers pretty obvious to judge by the stink over General Stanley McChrystal.

The F Word: What a Spare $1 Million Can Buy

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

BP's Tony Hayward has been yanked off spokesman duty after having the poor judgment to go yachting while the Gulf drowns in his company's oil. But acc...

The F Word: Is the SEC Up to the Job?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Laura Flanders

One of the best kept secrets in Washington is the working of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Does it get the job done? Not even close.

The F Word: Coal Company Shopping Spree

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Until we see some serious structural changes in the coal industry, it is going to continue doing what it has been doing: trading death for profit.

The F Word: Economy is in the Eyes of the Beholder

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Laura Flanders

In the U.S. right now, some see robust growth, others a limping progress. Where Tim Geithner sees gentle waves, New York Times business reporter Gretchen Morgenson sees tsunamis.

The F Word: The Power of the Presidency

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The president -- finally -- used his muscle to get something done for those the chair of the BP board called the "small people." People in need.

The F Word: "Bloody Sunday" Apologies, What About Monday?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Yesterday, a prominent world leader made an official apology to his nation. "What happened...was both unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong. T...

The F Word: Taxes, Spending, or Race?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

An honest debate about taxes? It'd be helpful. But what we really need to do is grapple with post-apartheid racial resentments. And that makes the whole tax debate look easy.

The F Word: Iron Lady, Meet Pitbull in Lipstick

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It's a political cartoonist's dream: Sarah Palin is reportedly planning a trip to England to meet her political idol, Margaret Thatcher.

The F Word: Tax Grousing Tells Half The Story

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It's tax time again, the time of year when Americans grouse about forking over part of their hard-earned cash to the dear old government. These days,...

The F Word: Unifying Labor Post-Stern

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The announcement this week that labor's maverick leader, Andy Stern, is stepping down -- "very soon" in the words of a colleague -- creates a void in the country's labor movement at an awkward time.

The F Word: Solving a Problem Like Stupak

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Retiring House Representative Bart Stupak is the most prominent face of a big problem for progressives within the Democratic party: what to do about the conservadems?

The F Word: Bubba Goes to Arkansas

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

OK, so in case anyone was wondering where the White House stands vis-a-vis its base these days, the defeat of Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter makes it...

The F Word: Gaming Your Brain for Violence

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The WikiLeaks video of civilian killings by U.S. forces in Iraq has inspired some soul-searching this week. The New York Times ran a story on the dehu...

The F Word: Learning from Roosevelt(s)

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The President has a Rooseveltian opportunity, columnist Frank Rich wrote this weekend. Teddy Roosevelt was on his mind: stand off against the Titans o...

GRITtv: The F Word: Impossible to Ignore Wikileaks Tape

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

"Well, it's their fault bringing their kids to a battle." Those words, spoken by a faceless soldier, echo from a classified US military video released by the site Wikileaks.org. The release comes on the heals of the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King.

The F Word: Shaky Foundations for the Economy

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Laura Flanders

In 2009, a year of decline for most of us, the top 25 hedge fund managers made an average of $1 billion each. There was, said investor Carl Icahn "a great opportunity in debt" last year.

The F Word: Flotilla Video As A Weapon

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Flanders

A picture's worth a thousand words, but what those words are depends a whole lot on American media, at least, on pre-existing official attitudes.

The F Word: For Poor, America's a Sinking Ship

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Last week in New York authorities announced that at Harlem Hospital Center, the largest health facility in that historic neighborhood, doctors had fai...

The F Word: Minority Opinions on the iPad

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Laura Flanders

The iPad -- It's strange. Of the 60,000 books accessible on the iPad e-reader, 90 % of available books seem to have been written by women, LGBT people and people of color. Accusations of censorship, bias and discrimination are already coming in.

The F Word: The RNC Stripper Stimulus

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Maybe they're not so against stimulus after all. In fact, the Republican National Committee has been giving a little stimulus of their own to an overlooked demographic group: strippers.

The F Word: Trust Just Isn't Enough

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

People love to talk "trust" -- a deep seated feeling untouchable by reason. But it's not anything ineffable we're talking about here; it's actions or lack of them, and choices; picking sides.